Spongiotic dermatitis is no more serious than acute eczema. This is a skin rash that affects the chest, stomach, and buttocks area of the body. Very rarely will it be seen appearing on the head and scalp. Spongiotic dermatitis is a red color rash that will darken color as the condition becomes severe. In some severe cases, the rash turns completely black in color. Spongiotic means 'little blisters' that lead to eczema. It generally begins at a very young age, and appears in the form of diaper rash in babies. It is seen affecting men more than women. There is severe itching and rash. The causes mainly include allergic reaction to insect bites, foods, drugs, etc. Chronic spongiotic dermatitis is a condition that is thought to be hereditary. There are many things that can trigger the problem, like perfumes, food, pollens, etc.
The first symptom is severe itching. This itching will be followed by a red rash. The rash develops fluid-filled blisters that darken in color as the condition progresses. The rash is slightly raised and appears to be crusty, that will soon ooze out fluid. One needs to find out everything that came in contact with the body for the last three days. This will help in finding the cause, that needs to be avoided in the future to prevent acute outbreaks.
The major part of the treatment involves avoiding chemicals present in soaps, washing powders, foods, etc., that may trigger the rash. Once one diagnosis the condition and narrows downs the triggers, one needs to concentrate on the treatment. The doctor may prescribe menthol lotions that need to be applied on the rash and surrounding skin area. These menthol lotions helps in relieving the itchiness and discomfort. Other treatments include intake of vitamin A supplements for about 4 weeks. Severe and chronic spongiotic dermatitis treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications that help in reduction of inflammation. Women who are pregnant or nursing mothers should speak to their doctors regarding the medications prescribed. They should ensure that the treatment does not affect their baby in any way.
Home Cures for Spongiotic Dermatitis
Home cures include a change in diet. One may suffer from chronic or acute outbreaks due to the food they eat, as food allergy is one of the major causes of this condition. One may need to include more of whole and natural foods in their diet. Avoid processed and pre-cooked foods since they may trigger an allergy.
People with spongiotic dermatitis should wash their hands before eating to avoid consuming an allergen along with food. They should avoid the use of chemicals like deodorants, make-ups, perfumes, etc., on their skin. Make sure the skin remains moist by using creams or lotions like calamine. Drink about 12 glasses of water every day to keep the skin healthy and moist, and wash away toxins in the body. One can even use Vaseline to prevent dry skin, and wear loose cotton clothes. The most important thing to remember is avoiding the triggers that cause spongiotic dermatitis.